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Celery 'Apium graveolen secalinum'

Apium graveolens

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Apium graveolen secalinum is a popular variety of Celery, which belongs to the Apium genus (Apium graveolens 'Apium graveolen secalinum'). Apium graveolen secalinum is a heirloom variety.

Leaf or cutting celery is a very hardy robust plant, closely related to wild celery. It can survive -12C / 10F. It forms a bushy branching plant with glossy leaves and thin fine stems. Naturally vigourous and can be grown as cut and come again salad seedlings, or leave to use in cooked dishes as you would stalk celery. Rarely affected by pests and diseases. The deeply curled variety ‘Parcel’ is an exceptionally decorative plant. 1

Leaf celery looks similar to parsley but tastes exactly like regular stalk celery, but with a slightly stronger, herbier taste. It is a darker green, with thin, rounded, flexible stalks and curly, aromatic leaves; it is much easier to grow than its “big brother”.

Great for container gardens and small herb gardens. the celery is used and tastes just like its giant cousins but only gets 20 – 25cm (8 -12”) tall and very leafy. It is a cut-and-come-again plant and grows back beautifully. No blanching is required.

The leaves are best eaten while tender and can be used like a herb. Great in salad dressings or to garnish soups. It can be used in stews and salads, pies and stuffings or any recipe where celery leaves are used.

The seeds can also be used in cooking.

It will cross polinate with other varieties of celery (i.e. normal celery and celariac) if they are grown next to each other.

A type of Herb, it mainly grows as a Biennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a period of 2 years. Apium graveolen secalinum is known for its Forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 60.0 cm (1.95 feet).

Apium graveolen secalinum Celery is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Apium graveolen secalinum have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Apium graveolen secalinum

  • Partial Sun

  • High

Plants can be cut frequently, starting about 4 weeks after planting. It will regrow and remain productive over many months, though eventually will run to seed inspring. Leave a few plants to see in second season. Young seedlings can be transplanted to wheverver required.1

Cut CCA seedlings whein 10-13cm / 4-5 inches high.

The growing plant is an insect repellent, it repels the cabbage white butterfly so is a good companion for all brassicas. A good companion for leeks, onions, tomatoes, and French beans.

There is a lot of detail on this plant at: http://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/arr_html?Apium+graveolens+secalinum

Apium graveolen secalinum likes a position of partial sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Apium graveolen secalinum is thought of as hardy, so Apium graveolen secalinum will tend to go dormant or grow slowly over the winter months.

Growing Apium graveolen secalinum from seed

Germination can be erratic and the seed is best surface sown February indoors or in a greenhouse. The maincrop can be sown as late as mid-April. Outdoor sown seed rarely germinates satisfactorily.

Transplant after last frost.

Try to ensure a gap of at least 0.99 inches (2.54 cm) when sowing to prevent overcrowding your seedlings. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Apium graveolen secalinum about 60 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Apium graveolen secalinum

The seedlings should be transplanted when they have their first set of true leaves and are still small.

Leaf celery only plant outdoors once all risk of frosts has passed.

Full sun or partial shade suit them equally well, and although they are fairly tolerant of drought, don’t plant them in very dry places and water when dry.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Apium graveolen secalinum is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Apium graveolen secalinum

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Other Names for Celery 'Apium graveolen secalinum'

Cutting celery, Leaf celery, Parcel, Smallage, Zwolsche krul, German celery

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